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7 Docs + 7 Pharmacies + 553 Doses = Corey Haim's Last 37 Days

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Attorney General Jerry Brown has revealed the findings of report made on the "doctor shopping" habits of the late actor Corey Haim, whose last month of life included visits to multiple doctors and pharmacies to obtain hundreds of pills.

Between February 2 and March 5 of this year (5 days before his death), Haim "visited seven different doctors and seven different pharmacies to obtain at least 553 doses of prescription drugs, including dangerous narcotics," according to a press released issued by Brown's office. That figure includes "more than 195 tablets of Valium, 194 tablets of Soma, 149 tablets of Vicodin and 15 tablets of Xanax."

In his pursuit to obtain so many prescription pills, Haim was found to have used "at least one alias to obtain pain medication." Though under the care of a primary physician, who confirmed Haim's dependency on the meds, the former child star sought treatment from urgent care clinics and emergency rooms.

People close to Haim have confirmed he had suffered an addiction to these medications since his mid-teens, had attempted rehab on multiple occasions, and "was preparing to do a media special on how easy it was for him to obtain pain medications."

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For his part, Brown is continuing to focus on the legal ramifications of "doctor shopping" and the disturbing ease with which addicts obtain numerous scrips. Citing Haim's death by overdose, Brown remarked: "It's important for people to understand that legal, prescribed drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs, and doctor shopping can be deadly."